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File:Homer Menander Massimo.jpg|right|thumb|The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once summarized the complex character of Theognis as a "distorted Janus-head". This image is in fact a double Herma|herm, reputedly showing on one side the epic poet Homer (whom Theognis often imitated) and, on the other, the Athenian comic poet Menander, who lived two centuries after Theognis. '''Theognis of Megara''' (, ''Théognis ho Megareús'') was a Greek lyric poet active in approximately the sixth century BC. The work attributed to him consists of gnomic poetry quite typical of the time, featuring ethical maxims and practical advice about life. He was the first Greek poet known to express concern over the eventual fate and survival of his own workB. M. Knox, 'Theognis', ''The Cambridge History of Greek Literature:I Greek Literature'', Cambridge University Press (1985), P. Easterling and B. Knox (ed.s), pages 138 and, along...
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